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welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of the stories we're following this hour. al qaeda linked militants have attacked iraq's largest oil refinery and now advancing toward baghdad. the new president of ukraine laid out a plan to end the violence in the country's east. and china and vietnam have held their highest level dialogue since china set up an oil rig in disputed waters, a move that worsened relations.
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militant vs attacked iraq's large east oil refinery. security in the capital is worsening as they advance toward baghdad. the sunni militants are linked to al qaeda. they're advancing south after taking control of the country's second largest city of mosul. the insurgents are fighting with government forces near baqubah, about 50 kilometers north of baghdad. they have also attacked government buildings in two cities west of the capital. on wednesday, they attacked the country's largest oil rhee finery with machine gun fire and mortars. government forces have been deployed there to counter the insurgents. a car bomb went off in a crowded outdoor market in sadr city, a shiite populated district of baghdad. at least 12 people died. three other terrorist attacks killed 21 people in the city this week. prime minister nuri al malaki called for national unity in a televised speech. he said iraqis will not be
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defeated what he called terrorists and murderers. shia residents are volunteering to fight against the insurgents and support malaki's government. u.s. president barack obama is still weighing options. several u.s. media outlets say it's unlikely the american military will launch air strikes any time soon. >> president obama has decided not to use air strikes for now because there's not enough information on good targets. >> analysts note intervention could fuel sectarian violence and that the u.s. public is increasingly weary of war. the sach wiituation in iraq is growing tense by the day. nhk world's takafumi terui spoke with the ambassador to japan to get an update on conditions in the country. >> reporter: the militant group with links to al qaeda is growing in strength.
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they engaged security forces in fire fights in the province of kirkuk on tuesday. people have been forced out of their homes. more than half of a million people so far have fled mosul to camp sites in the suburbs of the city. the iraqi ambassador to japan allah al hasimi says iraqi soldiers were surprised at how well the militants were equipped. >> first few days, as soldiers, said later on it is very new weapons, very modern weapons which iraqi army don't have even. from where it come? it come from supporting this group, they call the jihadis and they take one village, one city. quickly they make one judgment there. anybody who support the old government, they will kill him. >> al hashimi emphasizes that
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the iraqi government and the military are capable of bringing the conflict to an end on their own. he even ruled out a possible air attack by u.s. drones. >> and iraqi until now they don't ask for fully 100% support because they told them as i told you we have enough soldier. so what america -- what they have done in the last few days to send big military ship to the gulf. it's their strategy. it is not to fight or to send soldier, but maybe to send airplanes without pilot to give information, to collect information. >> reporter: the ambassador instead calls for the international community to lend a hand to improve their military capability. >> we are now fighting the terror from different groups,
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from different nationality, in the state of international community. as the neighboring countries they have done before. we make it very clear that it is not time to hesitate. >> reporter: the ambassador is totally opposed to the option of dividing the country along religious or ethnic lines. on the contrary, he expressed confidence in maintaining the unity of the country. takafumi terui, nhk world, tokyo. rising tension in iraq is pushing up oil prices here in tokyo. crude oil futures on wednesday reached their highest level so far this year. crude oil for november delivery drew heavy buying on the tokyo commodity exchange as soon as trading began. the price reached above the
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69,000 yen level or about $675 per kill on liter. market players say buying was spurred by speculation that the situation in iraq is worsening. they say the uncertain outlook in the region will likely keep prices high. a higher cost of crude oil is causing gasoline prices to rise. they've gone up for the eighth consecutive week. the oil information center says that as of monday the average retail price of gasoline was 167 yen or about $1.63 a liter. that's up 0.4 yen from the previous week. officials say prices may keep going up. they say confusion in ukraine could disrupt russian supplies of oil to europe. an expert warns that crude oil prices may rise further if the islamist militants advance to oil-rich southern iraq. >>translator: crude oil from iraq accounts for over 10% of opec's total output. if that oil source gets disrupted global supplies could tighten.
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>> okoshi also says a jump in oil prices will lead to higher gasoline prices, undermining economic recovery in the u.s. he says that would be a blow to japan's exporters posing downside risks to the nation's economy. the yue yanian president says government forces will stop fighting in the eastern part of the country to bring an end to the violence. president petro poroshenko says the unilateral cease fire will prompt pro-russian militants to lay down their arms and offers more power to local authorities by means of constitutional amendment. poroshenko says mill tapts that surrender the weapons and who have not committed serious
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crimes will receive amnesty and say what is he calls mercenaries will be allowed to leave ukraine. but analysts say it's unclear if and when the cease fire plan will be implemented. government forces continue the offensive in donetsk regions. china and vietnam have held their highest level dialogue since china set up a large-scale oil rig in the south china sea, a move that worsened a territorial dispute. the topdy lo mat of beijing met vietnam's deputy prime minister in hanoi. patchari raksawong is following the story. >> meeting with vietnam these foreign minister. the talks were held in hanoi amid heightened tension between the two countries.
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>> relations between china and vietnam are going through a difficult period. i will discuss candidly our relations and current issues in the south china sea. >> translator: we wish to discuss and resolve the complicated situation and to help develop healthy and stable relations for the benefit of both sides in the region. >> reporter: bilateral relations have worsened since china installed an oil rig at the paracel islands in the south china sea. a standoff of ships from both countries is continuing in the area. china's foreign ministry spokesperson said on wednesday that state counselor jung reiterated at the hanoi meeting that the paracel islands are china's inherent territories. >> translator: state counselor pointed out that the two countries must seek an appropriate solution to political and diplomatic efforts and calm the situation before
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the issue further escalates in terms of scale or complexity or takes on a global dimension. >> china would like to see the dispute resolved on a bilateral basis. vietnam prefers that the matter be handled with regional or international. its economy is many times larger than vietnam's hanoi faces a difficult task in trying to maneuver through the situation. the global market for products has grown over the years and is worth over $3 trillion. halal is a designation indicating that food and other products are made according to islamic law. malaysia is aiming to take the lead in this growing market by promoting its own certification system as a global standard.
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nhk world's tuan earn yee reports. >> reporter: muslims account for 60% of malaysia's population. an international halal trade show held in april featured products from all over the world. this is halal cheese from italy. this is south korean kimchi certified halal. certification standards vary from country to country. decisions on whether certain products are halal are made by muslim organizations in each country, but in malaysia the government plays the leading role. the country is trying to make its certification system an international standard. the idea is to boost the reputation of its products and increase exports. >> they will study the products to make sure everything in the
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products is halal. directly i go to malaysia because it's a good way to get the halal logo to promote our product. >> reporter: the certification's program covers all the items people use in daily life. this plant produces toothpaste. inspectors carefully check the calcium derived is not used in the ingredients because pigs are considered unclean by muslims. the government has also set up 20 halal industry complexes. these facilities serve as bases for exporting products to other muslim countries. malaysia is aiming to become a hub for halal. a former malaysian prime minister has established public corporations for certifying halal products. he's visited japan and other
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countries to persuade companies to open shop in malaysia in return for tax incentives and other benefits. >> translator: we believe it will be a great business opportunity. >> if the japanese want to have some help, any company, we will -- we should be saying yes, we should be able to help. >> reporter: the halal business is expected to continue to grow, becoming a $10 trillion market by 2015. as populations increase and economics expand in the muslim world, already market players are part of a highly competitive industry. tuan earn yee, nhk world, kuala lumpur. >> that wraps up our bulletin. i'm patchari raksawong in bangkok.
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emerging economic powers still struggling with poverty. emboldened citizens still demanding democracy. the threat of violence, the push for peace, the shadow of conflict. get news and insight on south and southeast asia every week day live from bangkok only on nhk world "newsline." a bomb has torn through a venue in northeastern nigeria where fans had gathered to watch a world cup soccer match. at least 21 people including young children have been killed. the explosion happened in the town of damaturu, the capital. the associated press quoted witnesses as saying a taxi was driven into the outdoor area tuesday night and it exploded. no one has claimed responsibility for the explosion. damaturu and the surrounding area are at the heart of insurgency by extremist group boko haram.
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japan's top government spokesman says officials will soon meet with north korea. they will discuss setting up a special committee to investigate the fate of abducted japanese. yoshihide suga say they will look into how effective the committee will be. >> translator: we've asked the north to explain to us how the special committee will be formed and who will be in charge. japan will scrutinize the information very carefully. >> officials from both countries held talks in may in stockholm. suga said a specific date and location for this round are not yet decided. he also spoke about lifting sanctions on pyongyang. he said the government cannot decide on any steps before hearing the north's explanation. at the previous talks, north korean authorities promised a full investigation into the fate
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of missing japanese. they include those abducted by north korean agents in the 1970s and '80s. in return, japan agreed to lift some sanctions. japanese prime minister shinzo abe wants to lower the corporate tax rate starting next year. that's a key part of the growth strategy he's scheduled to release later this month. economic revitalization minister akari says the government should lower the rate to 29%, the same level as germany's over the next few years. amari met the chairman of the nation's largest business lobby on wednesday. he said the extra tax revenue from the country's economic recovery would be enough to offset the lower corporate tax rate. amari agreed. he said the government is pushing for the structural reforms to overcome deflation and increase tax revenue. japan's effective corporate tax rate is currently about 35%. that's the second highest among
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developed countries following the u.s. the corporate tax rate is 33% in france, 23% in britain, 17% in singapore. government officials plan to hold talks with the tax panel of the main ruling liberal democratic party late this year. amari says he wants to persuade members to accept the plan. people in northeastern japan know what it's like to believe uprooted. the government ordered them to evacuate their homes in 2011 because of the fukushima daiichi nuclear accident. officials monitored decontamination efforts and judged that part of the zone is hab itible. this april they lifted the order allowing residents to return. some people went home. nhk world found out how they're trying to rebuild their community.
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>> reporter: nobody had seen this for three years. the kids came back to a school that stood empty after the nuclear accident. this part of miyakoji district is 20 kilometers from the plant. it's the first place government officials lifted their evacuation order. but only half the residents returned. some people are still worried about radiation, even though the government says the area is hab itible. they also say the area is inconvenient. there aren't enough shops and hospitals in the district. municipal leaders are trying to entice people back. they built temporary shops. they also launched a taxi service for residents who don't have their own wheels.
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residents can use it to see a doctor or go shopping with a discounted fare. still, some residents worry the community could disappear. this woman is trying to keep it going. she and her family came home as soon as they were allowed. they had to move five times as evacuees. but they never forgot their hometown. >> translator: we are happy every day. it was good we returned soon. >> reporter: knowing only half the residents have returned, she decided to create a place where everyone can get together. a traditional house her family owns was the ideal location. she remodeled it as a cafe.
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she was born and raised in the house. she remembers the 150-year-old house was always full with many people visiting. her wedding ceremony was held there, too. >> translator: this place gives my life meaning. i was born and raised here. i can't think of living anywhere else. hard times, sad times, happy times, i've had them all here. >> reporter: she hopes this house will be a place where people with fewer neighbors who tend to be isolated. she opened her cafe earlier this month. residents came to help her
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celebrate. so did neighbors who haven't moved back. she is serving lunch in the cafe and organizing craft classes for residents. >> translator: i'm so happy i can come here. >> reporter: she knows rebuilding the community won't be easy. with so many people staying away. >> translator: i shouldn't hope for too much. people who want to come back should come but i'm waiting. >> reporter: the government officials have no concrete plans to lift the evacuation order from other parts of the area. meanwhile, she hopes her cafe will help transform her district into a place where people want to return. jun yotsumoto, nhk world,
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fukushima. the rainy season continues to bring floods to parts of china this week. for more our meteorologist robert speta joins us with the forecast. robert? >> yes. we have been seeing out here is that front just linger across southeastern china, even stretching over to western japan, but also we've been seeing the showers across northern japan and coming down quite hard. northern china, that is. where it has been coming down quite hard and we have video out of the county where that flooding has been taking place after the large rainstorm moved through northern portions of the country here on monday night. nine vehicles were washed away here in the floods. the waters also hit houses, places and residents here in a
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particularly dangerous situation. police officers and firefighters rushed to help, and thankfully, all of those cars there were salvaged, but a lot of people being impacted by these rain showers. now the system is going continue to work its way off toward the northeast into northeastern china, and you're still seeing heavy rainfall also into parts of north korea. just to the south of that, high pressure is moving away from the korean peninsula and that will be dominating much of japan as we look ahead into thursday and friday. it will be changing up by saturday and sunday, but at least this is going to be bringing dryer weather for the most part. afternoon thunderstorms are very well still possible. the main reason is we will see intense daytime heating and in kyoto, upwards of 30 degrees expected there for the high for you. also, still seeing those showers in southeastern china and down toward the tropics and the philippines, the southwest monsoon impacted and also seeing reports in the last 24 hours and 100 to 150 millimeters was recorded here even back toward the west and into parts of thailand still seeing the
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monsoon pickup there and bringing showers across much of your region. let's look toward the americas and we're talking about severe weather. take a look at the satellite imagery and these clouds flaring up and that's several low pressure areas just dominating much of this location and what you are going to be looking at is another day of severe weather. this week, several tornadoes have already caused significant damage out here. that threat will still be here, but i think on wednesday the biggest threat out of this will be large hail and baseball size, very well could occur. also in these areas in the green that's where you will be seeing the threat of flash flooding as we look ahead to the next 24 hours. your temperatures down toward the south, though, hot and muggy. houston with a hive 33 and over toward atlanta, 33, as well and thunderstorms in your forecast. and even along the eastern seaboard, into the mid and low 30s. we'll see this cooling off by the week and once that front starts to push by. let's take a look over toward europe now. low pressure area pushing across
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italy over toward the balkans and this one has been bringing us strong storms and frequent lightning especially near the coastal areas. and we could see hail out of this and that will continue to trek off toward the east and those locations in the red and that's where you will be seeing the biggest threat of severe thunderstorms. already high wind reports coming up to western turkey and upwards of 120 kilometers per hour there. all of this is concentrated around the mediterranean. back toward the north, decent weather in the forecast and wrapping things up into brazil. the forecast for the world cup, at least in the north some rain showers. if you'll be watching the australia game. on thursday, japan versus greece and thunderstorms in your forecast, and it will be hot and muggy. 29 for the high on thursday. here's the extended outlook.
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some office workers in western japan are trying ethnic costumes as a way to cope with the summer heat. employees at the japan international cooperation agency dressed in traditional clothing from asia, africa and latin america. the agency is supporting economic and social growth in developing countries. a woman wearing a vietnamese silk ozai said she is able to work more efficiently because the dress is so airy. another woman said the colorful panu from benin in west africa was very comfortable. >> translator: everyone here is enjoying the different atmosphere. >> she hopes wearing costumes will encourage workers to think more about developing countries. that's "newsline" for this hour. i'm gene otani in tokyo.
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